Poster Presentation 64th International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association 2015

Electrical Shock Injury in a Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) (#166)

Patricia Latas 1
  1. Tucson Wildlife Center, Tucson, AZ, United States
This is the first documented case of electric shock injury in a Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre), the first record of survival of such injury, and the first record of successful treatment of electric shock injury in this species with release of the bird back to the wild. An electric shock strong enough to damage a songbird is likely to be explosively lethal. There are no records of Curve-billed Thrashers suffering ESI, under treatment for, nor surviving such a trauma. The clinical presentation, treatment and progress are discussed.